Monday, March 3, 2008

Resilient Bhoys Clip Hibs!

Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Easter Road, Edinburgh


(Naylor 64, Samaras 75)

HIBERNIAN (4-4-2) McNeil; Gatheussi, Hogg, Canning, Zarabi; Kerr (Zemmama 76), Beuzelin (Chisholm 16), Rankin, Murray; Nish (O’Brien 76), Fletcher
Subs not used: Grof, Morais, Campbell, Hanlon

CELTIC (4-4-2) Boruc; Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor; Nakamura (Robson 85), Brown, Donati (Hartley 82), McGeady; McDonald, Vennegoor of Hesselink (Samaras 72)
Subs not used: Brown; O’Dea, Sno, Riordan

Lee Naylor scored his first goal for Celtic as the reigning champions produced a sensational second-half display to overwhelm Hibernian and seal three vital SPL points.

The Englishman broke his duck with a composed finish minutes after the break, before Georgios Samaras climbed off the bench to head in a killer second.

It was Celtic’s 11th consecutive domestic victory and came after a hard-fought first half, during which Celtic had to contend with some serious Hibs pressure.

Coming at the start of a week that will also see Celtic play Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League and Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup, this was a massive win for the Hoops.

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan welcomed back Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink after a two-match absence. The Dutchman replaced Samaras in the only change from the side that beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-1 in midweek.


Another strong showing by the Bhoys this weekend, and three more points. Let's all hope they purport themselves well at the Nou Camp on Tuesday!

Hail! Hail!


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